Friday, January 30, 2009

Stem Cells 'Reset' Immune System

A very promising new treatment for Multiple Sclerosis patients comes by way of stem cell therapy, according to this Breitbart report:

In clinical trials, a team of scientists led by Richard Burt of Northwestern University in Chicago essentially rebuilt the immune system of 21 adults -- 11 women and 10 men -- who had failed to respond to standard drug treatments.

First they removed defective white blood cells that, rather than protecting the body, attacks the fatty sheath, called myelin, that protects the nervous system.

The immune systems were then replenished with so-called haemopoeitic stem cells -- extracted from the patient's bone marrow -- capable of giving rise to any form of mature blood cell.

Like all promising and proven stem cell treatments to date, this study used ethically derived adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells.